Answering Yes or No Using Tarot Meanings

Fancy being able to answer yes or no with your Tarot cards? Have you heard of the Reversal Technique for this but want something a little more advanced? Then here is how I answer yes or no in Tarot readings using interpretations (For this post, I will refer to this as the Interpretation Technique for answering yes or no).

The ‘rules’ for this technique are a little complicated, and the system is also difficult to apply when compared to The Reversal Technique. The easiest way to explain it is that a card’s original interpretation gives the answer for yes or no.

As with the last technique, we are going to pretend that a woman called Sally has come for a reading and asked if she can make a living from her passion, which is dress making. Here, we can see Sally's cards;

 The Ace of Cups, The Ace of Wands and The Fool 

The Ace of Cups, The Ace of Wands and The Fool 

On first glance, these cards look promising. However, I would argue that it does not look likely that Sally will make a living as a dressmaker. My prediction may seem rather controversial (and brutal), but I shall explain how I have come to this conclusion.

Have you, as a reader, ever asked a question and never got a straight answer? Is this especially true for yes and no questions? Say, you have asked a question," Does he love me" and you received an 8 of Pentacles. Because you have a money card and not a love card, you are stumped for an answer. You get confused and pull more cards; you begin looking for an outcome.

Looking for an answer is a chaotic trap that most Tarot readers fall into when the reality is that the answer is no if the answer is not there in the initial reading. If the cards are not there, the love is not there; the money is not there, etc. In this technique, if you do not get the cards you should get which predict a successful business, relationship or whatever, then this is a no. Cards which you would expect to see in these circumstances mean yes.

For this technique, the basic principle is that if the card’s basic interpretation is silent on the matter of love, money or whatever else you ask then that card means that you will not get what you seek. In Sally’s case, the best outcome for her would be cards which indicate her financial security, or even, success such as a 9 of Pentacles, 10 of Pentacles or a 6 of Wands. Sally’s reading is silent on these matters, so the answer to her question is no. This result is regardless of the fact that her reading can be read as being rather positive. I would argue that the cards are too neutral in the matters of business to predict long-term security. Here is Sally’s basic interpretation:

“I can tell Sally is in love, possibly with the excitement of her new business venture (Ace of Cups). She will still love dress making in the future. She wishes to jump in head first and start a new life (The Fool). She indeed will. She will receive the first fruits of her hard work (Ace of Wands). However, there is nothing to indicate that long term she will make the business a success. The initial excitement of the venture will help the investment pay off short term but not enough to make a living.”

There are one or two other things within the spread which I have picked up on, but they require other knowledge which is too detailed for this post.

Although I have read the spread negatively, I would argue that Sally, because of her passion and initial success, has a chance she can make her dreams a reality but she would only be successful if she takes the advice given to her. An action plan which would be required so I would do this in another reading or spread which I have included in another section of this website (here!)

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Cards used in this post is The Wooden Tarot by A.L. Swartz at Skull Garden, used with permission.


Lisa Boswell yes or no Tarot

Lisa Boswell is an award-winning psychic reading teacher who currently resides in Scotland. Through her website DivinationAndFortuneTelling.com she teaches both experienced and would be diviners how they can predict the future. 

Born into a Romany Gypsy family of fortune tellers, Lisa has had an active interest in the occult from a young age. She specialises in teaching predictive divination, easy mediumship and fortune-telling. Learn more here.


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 This post looks at how you can answer yes or no using Tarot cards, particularly, using meanings. When you're learning the art of Tarot divination answering yes or no is one of the best things you can learn as a reader. This post includes tips which can be applied to Vintage, modern and Rider Waite systems.

This post looks at how you can answer yes or no using Tarot cards, particularly, using meanings. When you're learning the art of Tarot divination answering yes or no is one of the best things you can learn as a reader. This post includes tips which can be applied to Vintage, modern and Rider Waite systems.

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Illustration: This post looks at how you can answer yes or no using Tarot cards, particularly, using meanings. When you're learning the art of Tarot divination answering yes or no is one of the best things you can learn as a reader. This post includes tips which can be applied to Vintage, modern and Rider Waite systems.